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Windows 7: cant change drive letter

30 Jul 2016   #1
superqaz

win 7 64 bit
 
 
cant change drive letter

would appreciate some help with this if anyone has the time

i cant change drive letter to c on system drive, i messed it up ages ago trying to change letters around and have had problems ever since. Its been suggested that i reinstall win7 but i want to avoid that if at all possible .

its win 7 installation with one hd [no extra partitions] and one usb drive

some problems are:

if i right click on system drive windows explorer stops working

if i try to change system drive letter i get parameter is incorrect

also [recently] system drive was not set as active, it is now corrected

cant get permission [after reading several articles on the subject] to do windows updates or install MS Word and a few others but not all installations are blocked

cant install iTunes [no reason given]

cant get Windows Tweaks all in one repair tool to effect repairs [runs all night]



thanks


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30 Jul 2016   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Please post a full clear shot of Disk Management, and we`ll go from there.

FYI, the windows install drive or partition`s letter, or even another drive with programs installed on it should never have it`s letter changed, only a data drive or partition`s letter can safely be changed.
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30 Jul 2016   #3
superqaz

win 7 64 bit
 
 

thanks


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30 Jul 2016   #4
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

If you were to change the drive letter nothing would work lots of registry entries will refence the current disk as will many other files and windows will look for a lot of files on current drive so the only effective option is a clean install this will give you the extra 119 gig of disk space you sent using now be sure to delete all partitions during install
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30 Jul 2016   #5
superqaz

win 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
If you were to change the drive letter nothing would work lots of registry entries will refence the current disk as will many other files and windows will look for a lot of files on current drive so the only effective option is a clean install this will give you the extra 119 gig of disk space you sent using now be sure to delete all partitions during install
well yes i can see that but when i originally changed the drive letter only a few things wouldnt work for that reason, it was not too much work re associate them. I could do that again

thanks
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30 Jul 2016   #6
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Have a look at this Microsoft article:

How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows

https://support.microsoft.com/en-in/kb/223188

Note:

1. This article gives sufficient warning on the risks associated with this procedure and precautionary processes. I am also not sure whether this procedure is applicable to Windows 7. You will be doing it at your own risk.

2. Please backup all important data before you try to execute these instructions. If need be boot from a Live Linux USB boot drive to copy all such files - if in the present configuration you are unable to accesss those important files.

Is there any way of saving a completely unrecognisable hard drive?
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30 Jul 2016   #7
superqaz

win 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Have a look at this Microsoft article:

How to restore the system/boot drive letter in Windows

https://support.microsoft.com/en-in/kb/223188

Note:

1. This article gives sufficient warning on the risks associated with this procedure and precautionary processes. I am also not sure whether this procedure is applicable to Windows 7. You will be doing it at your own risk.

2. Please backup all important data before you try to execute these instructions. If need be boot from a Live Linux USB boot drive to copy all such files - if in the present configuration you are unable to accesss those important files.

Is there any way of saving a completely unrecognisable hard drive?
thanks for that, i will take a look
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01 Aug 2016   #8
superqaz

win 7 64 bit
 
 

looked at that. It seems straight forward and will try it soon and post results

thanks again
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